Driver Ticketed for Not Using Parking Brake
Half dozen ticketed in Fort Worth under obscure transportation Texas law
Do you set the parking brake every time you get out of the car? If not, you’re breaking the law.
It’s a little-known law, but it’s one that a Trophy Club family found out about the hard way in the Denton County section of Fort Worth.
“I thought it was a joke,” Sue Johnston said. “I thought, ‘Who gets a violation for a parking brake?’”
But her son got a Fort Worth parking ticket in late August citing “parking on city street without parking brake.” NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
OK, everyone that knows ME knows this; I am PRO police, about as Pro-Police as it gets, and for all the right reasons.
I know that on many occasions our Police Officers get *the slick end of the stick* and get blamed for a lot of things that they didn’t actually do or say, or may have said in the *heat of the moment* and have been wrongly taken to task by the public on far too many occasions. That is NOT my intention.
Watch the video of this story or read the words of reporter Chris Van Horne and then let’s talk.
I am not arguing the idea that there is an obscure law on the books, I am sure there are many and this one was stated, with citation, in the story. I am arguing the idea that an Officer can tell whether or not a PARKING BRAKE is engaged, in other words, depressed, in a car, at night, especially at night as in this case. And if so, how can that be easily determined *as a fact* that is ticket worthy?
I have a very strong beam on my flashlight and I can’t make a visual determination regarding a properly applied parking brake on my own vehicle, much less that of another individual, assuming the doors are locked and access can’t be gained to the vehicle interior. I was so perplexed by this story that I contacted the on-air reporter, Deanna Dewberry, and this is the exchange that followed on Twitter.
@Deanna_Dewberry: How would an Officer be able to easily determine that a parking brake is set? Email: FredWitzell@verizon.net Thank you.
Deanna Dewberry @Deanna_Dewberry
@TexasFred: Great question. FWPD told our reporter they could easily tell. But I think that question likely merits a follow-up.
@Deanna_Dewberry: Yes Ma’am, I would think so too. Someone at the PD is stretching the truth I believe. I hope you can pin them down!
I am not going to speculate as to the Officers reasons for *WHY* this ticket, and several others were written, but I DO know this; there are Officers that will find a reason to write a ticket, it’s not at all hard to do, and the one thing you never really want to do is give an Officer a reason to start looking for HIS reason to break out the ticket pad and a shiny new pen with a medium point cartridge refill. Just sayin’…
In fact, these tickets are NOT my concern at all.
What I would like to have explained to me, definitively explained, is this idea that an Officer can easily tell if a parking brake is applied or not.
I would really hate the idea of that particular Officer using such a lame excuse if in all fact and reality some of the kids at this party got a bit *lippy* with him and the parking brake ticket was his only means of retaliation.
Stranger things HAVE happened and I am pretty certain that Deanna Dewberry and the NBC5 DFW team will get an answer. If I was them I would have the Fort Worth Police Department give me an actual night time demonstration of how this Officer has such remarkable skills of observation.
Seems fair to me, and so folks know, I am the Admin of The Thin Blue Line – Coast to Coast and am NOT attacking the Officer just for kicks, I seriously want some answers from him and/or the Ft. Worth Police Dept.